Real Party 18th Birthday Extravaganza

Now is the time for a warning; to all eighteen year olds, and to anyone who has ever been eighteen reading this; if you're prone to a touch of the 'green eyed monster', this post may just tip you over the edge...

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Stuart put so much effort into the preparations for his daughters 18th birthday - he called us with a vision for a Moroccan themed tent with separate areas for the dining and dancing in order to create a fun filled first step into adulthood. On a beautifully sunny day in July, the Cornish Cream dining marquee was set up and laid with relaxed, low dining furnitures, a chilled-out alternative to formal dining for an 18th birthday party, and a perfect summer look.

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The tables were laid with pretty white Moroccan lanterns and brightly coloured flowers by Lewisiana Florists adding fresh pops of colour to the subtle marquee interior.

The tables were laid with pretty white Moroccan lanterns and brightly coloured flowers by Lewisiana Florists adding fresh pops of colour to the subtle marquee interior.

Guests arrived and were entertained by some very unique walkabout performers provided by our friends at Livestock productions... this lady had a host of friendly pet snakes (some curled up on her head) to introduce to the guests. An unusual and successful ice breaker.

Guests arrived and were entertained by some very unique walkabout performers provided by our friends at Livestock productions... this lady had a host of friendly pet snakes (some curled up on her head) to introduce to the guests. An unusual and successful ice breaker.

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Cocktails flowed as guests toasted the birthday girl and soaked up the glorious July sunshine.

Cocktails flowed as guests toasted the birthday girl and soaked up the glorious July sunshine.

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Then all settled down to a mouth-watering Moroccan banquet delightfully prepared by Parsons Creative food.

Then all settled down to a mouth-watering Moroccan banquet delightfully prepared by Parsons Creative food.

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Magic was in the air when night fell on the party. The La Rouge party marquee looked exquisite next to the contrasting colours of the uplit trees and the deep blue summer sky.

Magic was in the air when night fell on the party. The La Rouge party marquee looked exquisite next to the contrasting colours of the uplit trees and the deep blue summer sky.

Guests soaked up the atmosphere and chatted round the crackling fire pit.

Guests soaked up the atmosphere and chatted round the crackling fire pit.

Excitement built as a tantalising belly-dancer accompanied by Eastern drummers and musicians dazzled the crowd, after which the fiery Hula girl stole the floor with her sensational act. An impressive array of dancers and their enchanting props (including swords, veils and Egyptian sticks) mesmerised the guests. The performer's authenticity and passion for dance left the guests chanting for more.

Excitement built as a tantalising belly-dancer accompanied by Eastern drummers and musicians dazzled the crowd, after which the fiery Hula girl stole the floor with her sensational act. An impressive array of dancers and their enchanting props (including swords, veils and Egyptian sticks) mesmerised the guests. The performer's authenticity and passion for dance left the guests chanting for more.

Ready for the final surprise of the evening, Stuart introduced Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, who arrived to shrieks of delight from the entire party.

Ready for the final surprise of the evening, Stuart introduced Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, who arrived to shrieks of delight from the entire party.

Packed the dance floor instantly.

Packed the dance floor instantly.

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Katherine is the founder of Arabian Tents and her day is a whirlwind of meeting clients, writing emails (lots of them!), brainstorming décor ideas and snatching moments to feel very lucky she loves what she does.

When throwing a party it’s always colourful, inviting, warm and relaxing – she loves the Purple Palace interior as it apparently looks good against everyone and she makes sure there is always a ‘surprise’ for guests, whether it be a secret room to discover, an alternative performance or after-dinner liqueur treats. She believes that people parties are important and moments at them are remembered for the rest of people’s lives, so it’s important to break the ice as fast as possible and get on with having fun! The next project she’s working on is a new structure design that should be manufactured and ready to be unveiled to the world next year!

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